California grown Organic Cucumbers and Broccoli are a terrific value this week –99¢ lb. The melons from Mexico are of particularly good quality and coming in at really good prices, too. Organic Honeydew Melons are 79¢ lb, Organic Cantaloupe are 89¢ lb. Super-sweet, bright-pink fleshed, Organic Mini Watermelons are 99¢ lb.
May 17 is National Bike-to-Work Day and the Co-op is showing its support for this healthy mode of transportation by hosting a “refreshment station”in our parking lot. Stop by on your bike from 7:30-9am and enjoy FREE Organic Bananas and Coffee. Come back between 4:30-6pm to pick up your coupon for a FREE Organic Ice Cream Cone.
Co-sponsored by Mount Vernon Parks Foundation and Mount Vernon Downtown Association. For more Bike Week Events, visit mountvernondowntown.org.
Morels are finally in!!! Delicate and elusive,morels are a gourmet prize that were once limited to those willing to muck around in the forest in search of these goodies of spring. They are fragile,highly perishable,and resist cultivation,so they tend to be pricey. Morels are particularly delicious when paired with those fellow harbingers of spring,asparagus. Local asparagus is also on now for $4.99lb from Canales and Living Rain farms.
Asparagus with Morels and Tarragon
2 pound green asparagus,trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter,cut into tablespoon pieces
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (2 large)
1/4 pound fresh morels,cleaned and halved lengthwise if large
You know it’s heading into the warm months,when you cut a Cantaloupe into funny half-moon shapes and awkwardly dribble the juice down your chin. There is no art to picking out the perfect cantaloupe,just a trip down the olfactory highway,should lead you to a great melon. The melon should smell sweet and floral,this is the sign you have been looking for. A whole cantaloupe will keep on the counter for a few days,and cut cantaloupe will keep refrigerated for a week. There are many recipes out there for using cantaloupe besides just over the sink dribbling down my chin. Here is one of my favorites
As we head into the warmer months and spend more time outside,remember that pets need some love too. Often a walk in the mountains,or a trip to beach,even just being outside gardening can be a rewarding time for you and your pet,but please remember if you are putting on sunscreen…so should fido. Fleas are also another issue that needs to be looked after before it becomes a problem. Tackling them before infestation is key. Here are some ways to love on your pets all summer long.
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”…. what a glorious weekend we had. Family time was bountiful and full of frolicking. Traipsing through the woods,watching the dog chase butterfly shadows,dipping of feet into the still chilly lake. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if this is really the magical life I lead. Sunny days bring out smiles and waves from neighbors,nods of appreciation for sun kissed foreheads and tastes for lighter fare. It also brought to mind an orange cake that I had once tasted. It was not a dense cake,very moist with a honey orange lingering taste. Searching the internet I found many versions of orange cake,none looked just right. So,I adapted Nigella’s cake,using honey instead of sugar and Valencias instead of clementines. Can i just say….WOW!!! Gluten Free too….
A recent study is highlighting the importance of Omega-3 oils for breast cancer prevention- claiming that a lifelong diet which includes Omega-3 could reduce the risk of cancer up to 30% (University of Guelph. “Omega-3s inhibit breast cancer tumor growth,study finds.”ScienceDaily,31 Dec. 1969. Web. 5 May 2013).
“It’s a significant finding,”said David Ma,a professor in Guelph’s Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences,and one of the study’s authors.
“We show that lifelong exposure to omega-3s has a beneficial role in disease prevention —in this case,breast cancer prevention. What’s important is that we have proven that omega-3s are the driving force and not something else.”
There are many sources of Omega-3 oils,including fish and flax seed oil. And you can take these in many different supplemental forms from liquids to chewables or softgels. Typically liquids are the best value and you’d be surprised how good some of them taste,like Barlean’s Key Lime Omega Swirl. Never tried it? Come into the Wellness Department and ask for a sample!
I wish that I could say that this has been a difficult week in the eating world,mostly because it makes better copy,but in truth it has been fairly simple.I think that the reason is that I feel so much better already.On the food front,I have eliminated wheat and sugar,but was rewarded with an abundance of greens,fish and lean meats. I will admit to trying a spoonful of the Co-op’s new Rock’n Road Ice Cream…worth it!!!
I need to be SUPER careful with raw vegetables so I have been blanching them and eating them al dente.This is not raw,but also not mushy.Using coconut oil as a method of cooking up my fish has been delightful and light.
I want to share a few of the questions I have received.
The Co-op is now offering in our Deli Italian Sodas. What’s in an Italian Soda? Flavored Syrup,which we are offering a plethora of delightful and delicious flavors,Sparkling Soda,half and half,topped off by a dollop of Whipped Cream.
Come in..enjoy the sun in our outdoor seating,and enjoy a refreshing Italian Soda. $2.95
One of our Heroes,longtime Skagit Food Co-op Board member Frances Ambrose,will be inducted into the Washington State Recycling Hall of Fame at this year’s upcoming WSRA awards dinner. Frances was the Skagit County Recycling Educator for 18 years,and retired in 2009. Frances’friends and colleagues in Skagit County honored her with a Bleeding Heart plant and a yellow sash saying “Recycling Hall of Fame”earlier this month.
Frances –we love you. Thank you for all your hard work,sung and un-sung.
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have sponsored new federal legislation,The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act,that would require the labeling of all GE foods;the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!
Center for Food Safetyhas filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of GE foods and is spearheading a drive with the Just Label It Campaign to direct one million comments to the FDA in support of our petition.